What is Liposuction Surgery?
Liposuction is a cosmetic procedure to sculpt the body and eliminate unwanted pockets of fat that are resistant to diet and exercise. It is not a replacement for weight loss, or a remedy for obesity. Often combined with other procedures to create a lean hour-glass figure, it is one of the most effective ways to achieve a more proportional and aesthetic appearance.
What are common areas for Liposuction?
- Abdomen and waist
- Flanks (love handles)
- Back rolls
- Thighs (inner + outer)
- Axilla (under armpit)
- Neck (double chin)
You may be a good candidate for liposuction if:
You have localized fat pockets that don’t improve with diet and exercise
You seek a sleeker contour and more definition to certain areas of your body
You want to make your clothes fit better and your body appear slimmer
You want to achieve a more proportionate appearance
You are at or near your ideal body weight and maintain a healthy lifestyle
You have good skin elasticity (Liposuction does not tighten skin or improve cellulite)
What Liposuction Can Do for You?
- Permanent Fat-Cell Removal
Liposuction removes the fat cells completely, making it impossible to regain weight in the treated areas.
- Other Body Area Enhancements: Once liposuction is performed on one area of your body, you can get a fat transfer to enhance another area of your body. For example, you can enlarge your breasts, or get a Brazilian butt lift with a fat transfer. This allows you to further shape your body with fewer potential complications than are sometimes presented by implants.
- Health Improvement: Liposuction can help reduce the risk of developing health issues, and when combined with a reasonable regimen of diet and exercise, improve your overall health and wellness.
How is liposuction performed?
- Liposuction is usually performed under a general anesthetic and takes between 1 to 4 hours depending on how many areas are being treated.
- A solution containing lidocaine (freezing) and epinephrine is injected into the target areas in order to optimize results, ensure comfort, and minimize bruising and bleeding.
- Small incisions are used at discrete locations to insert a thin tube attached to suction (cannula).
- The cannula is used to both break up the fat and suction it away from the target areas.
- Dr. Al Asfoor frequently uses Power-Assisted Liposuction (PAL) which involves attaching the cannula to a vibrating device to minimize trauma, improving both patient comfort and results.
After the Surgery
- Most patients are able to return home two hours following the surgery.
- A supportive compression garment is usually worn for the first six weeks following surgery in order to reduce swelling and aid in the healing process.
- Most of this swelling settle within 3 weeks but any residual swelling may continue to resolve over the course of three months or longer.
- In order to maintain the results of your surgery, we always recommend that you maintain a stable weight with a healthy diet and exercise routine both before and after your surgery.
Although most people will notice an improvement in their body contour immediately after surgery, swelling will often obscure the final result. Most of this swelling settle within 3 weeks but any residual swelling may continue to resolve over the course of three months or longer. In order to maintain the results of your surgery, we always recommend that you maintain a stable weight with a healthy diet and exercise routine both before and after your surgery.